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Happy New Year! I bet you thought that New Year’s was over after all it's January 26 but if you’re Chinese you are just beginning your New Year’s celebration. January 26th begins the 1st day of the Chinese New Year and this is the year 4706 or 4707 depending on who’s counting in the Chinese New Years.
Today I decided to show you how to sew this Chinese lanterns quilt block together in celebration of the Chinese New Year. An interestingly enough January 26 marks the beginning of a 15-day celebration which ends on February 9 with the Chinese Lantern Festival. You can sew your Chinese lantern quilt block together and celebrate the festival on February 9.
Hi, this is Penny Hollogram from quiltblocklibrary.com. Thanks for joining me and I’m ready to get started sewing this block together.
It seems like during the past few weeks we’ve had several blocks that have had 60 triangles in them and today is no different. Today I'm going to sew the top half of this block together and the bottom half. I’ve got my pieces out, I think what I'm going to do is start sewing the two edges together then I’ll piece the center so, just a seam down here and a seam down there. I can tell this is going to be really quick. These two have been sewn together and I'm going to put this together. I'm going to check and make sure that my seam allowances are facing the opposite direction, which is going to make these two fit together very nicely.
We’ve got these 4 triangles sewn together and now we just need to add the corner pieces. I'm going to add one at a time and stitch on through. Now that the triangle is sewn on, I need to stitch this one on. I'm going to be careful when I sew these together. I’ve got all of these seam allowances facing this side and sew those at the same direction as I stitch on the last triangle.
The top section is finished, just to do it different I’m going to change the order that I sew these bottom ones together. I'm going to start on the center and sew these two together then add the outside pieces on. I'm going to add this piece to the side. I'm going to add this triangle on now that the 4 center triangles are done it's time to add the sidepieces on. I’ll just add this one and add the second side.
Now we’ve got the top and bottom half done we need to sew these together. Put them right sides together and line them up, stitch it across the bottom.
Our Chinese lanterns quilt block is all finished and ready to be sewn into a quilt.
Thank you very much for joining us. If you’re not already there, head on over to quiltblocklibrary.com and get your free download of this pattern. It really is quite easy to sew and you can make a lot of them before the Chinese lantern festival on February 9. Thank again and peaceful piecing.